Summer Camp 2022


We are so grateful to Eddie & Ursula McDonagh and family for welcoming us to their farm in Bealnamorrive for Camp 2022.

The postcode for the house across the road from the farm is P12Y267. Camp will be signposted from each direction as you approach. On the google maps image below X marks the house with the above postcode. The red pin and numbered fields are the location of camp 2022 !

Parents Rota - Sun. July 3rd - Fri. July 8th

Now that we have the participants signed up for the Muskerry Pony Camp it is time to sign up their parents to help out! 

Running the camp is not possible without parents assistance and we need each parent to sign up to help during the week.

Options for Helping out at the Camp are as follows:

  • 1 x overnight - Garda Vetting is a requirement for this


  • 2 x morning/afternoon shifts


  • 1 x morning/afternoon and 2 evening shifts

The Sessions are as follows:

  1. Night Shift (21:30 - 08:30) - Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday (I male & 1 female)
  2. Morning Sessions (08:30 - 13:30) - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
  3. Afternoon Sessions (12:30 - 17:30) - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
  4. Evening Sessions (17:30 - 21:30) - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

Please contact Fionnuala Wall at 087 6055689 with your preferred slots 

This year Camp runs from Sunday 3rd July until Friday 8th July. To stay at Camp every night, you must be over 12, finished in primary school and a member for at least a year. Residential campers provide their own accommodation (usually a tent, caravan or horsebox). You may arrive with your accommodation from 5pm on Sunday evening. Those attending on a daily basis should arrive no later than 9.00am each morning, in order to be ready to ride for 10am. 

All ponies can stay at camp either in grass paddocks or in stables.  Please Note:- All horses above 15h must be stabled. Any Ponies not staying overnight must be collected by 4.00pm, as we cannot have ponies left on the picket line any later for safety reasons. Day Campers are welcome to stay for dinner and evening activities, but must be collected by 9.00pm latest please, as we will not have adequate adult supervision for the under 12's after that. 

Please Note:- 

Any resident Camper leaving Camp temporarily must be signed out by a parent and signed back in again with the supervisors on duty.

All ponies must have an up to date vaccination and worming record, (receipts will do to prove worming), which must be sent to the Committee in advance of camp commencement.

Muskerry Pony Club do not make a profit from summer camp. Our venue is kindly donated by our hosts the McDonagh family and the camp is run by parent volunteers. However there are many costs that need to be covered as you can imagine so we have priced camp as follows for 2022

  • 1st Family Member Attending Camp - €260
  • 2nd Family Member Attending Camp - €250
  • 3rd & Subsequent Family Member Attending Camp - €240

This price includes tuition, breakfast (residential campers), lunch, evening meal, trip to Ballyhass (Tuesday evening), and family invite to the Thursday night BBQ.

The only additional cost is stabling for any animals over 15.2 (cost to be finalised)


Sunday Afternoon

Everyone required to finish preparations. There will also have been preparation days in advance of camp.

Sunday Evening

Residential Campers arrive

Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday / Thursday / Friday

Latest 9am

Catch, feed, groom, tack up your pony

Please be ready to ride

Catered Lunch (no need to bring your own)

Please be tacked up and ready to ride.

Riding Activities finished

Evening meal (all campers welcome to attend)

Activities will be arranged for the campers in the evenings and all members are welcome to attend. Thursday evening will include a camp BBQ where all campers and their families are invited to attend.

Friday Afternoon

Everyone required to help clean up and pack away so that we can leave the McDonagh family farm as we found it.

Parental Information

Camp is a HUGE undertaking for the club and we need each and every family to help make it happen. There are jobs for all, from field and site preparation, supervision, marquee duty etc, etc. A full list of help needed will be prepared and each family will be asked to contribute - many hands will make the whole task more reasonable

What to Bring

For You

Skullcap, Back protector (Pony Club Standard Beta 2009/2018), Riding boots (Chaps), Jods, Comfortable top (ideally long sleeves), gloves, whip, face mask, Sun Screen

For your pony

Bucket for water, Grooming kit, Head collar & lead rope, Fly spray, Saddle, Bridle, Cooler/Sweat rug

Important Safety Notices

  • No lunging
  • No member to mount without instructors permission
  • All ponies to be watered at lunch time and fully untacked.
  • No haynets are to be used on the picket line - all ponies are to be fed their hay/haylage loose.
  • Remember your sun screen and your pony's if he needs it